Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

And after you turn BAT 6 on the line, you might as well take a look at the BATs 1 through 4 and so forth, and make sure that it's okay to turn them off.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Roger. Are you ready, gang?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Yes, we're ready for the POWER AMPLIFIER and the HIGH BIT RATE, and NORMAL VOICE, on the FUNCTION switch, please.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay, gang; we've got the HIGH BIT RATE, now.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay, we see BAT 6, ON, and it looks good, Fred-o.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. Am I cleared to proceed with the next step, getting 1, 2, 3, and 4, OFF/RESET?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Affirmative. You're cleared for BATs 1 through 4, OFF/RESET.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay, Houston. We need a call from you when to have Jack to proceed up into the Odyssey and start up there.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay, Aquarius; and Jack can get with it right now.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay, Houston; Aquarius. We've completed the powerup and things look good upstairs. Are we GO for proceeding with battery charge?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay, Aquarius; you're GO on the battery charge.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Boy, this is really a switch, isn't it, Jack?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

That's an understatement. You're not known for that.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Yes. I think if you add up the—Yes—if you add up the operating time, I think the LM beats the CSM by a considerable margin on this flight.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

You're out there at 134000, coming in at about 4900 feet a second.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

The SUPERCRIT tank went off at about 1937, just about like expected.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Yes. It—it also must of not did very much, except the rates. I was asleep then and I didn't hear a thing.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Is the command—service module still venting?

Fred Haise (LMP)

Jack said it was just before he went up. Right now, the Sun's over there, and I can't really tell —

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

We asked him a long time ago if he was able to see any stars out the optics. I don't think we ever got an answer.

Fred Haise (LMP)

That's a pretty good sleep station I had rigged up, Jack. I took one of the sleep restraints out of the command module, zipped up in it, and then hooked the tie, right at the top of the zipper, onto the LM upper hatch handle. So it kind of held me there, and then just drifted up in the tunnel upside down with my face toward the hatch, so the sunlight didn't get in my eyes and that worked pretty good.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Did you sleep pretty well that way?

Fred Haise (LMP)

Yes, no problem at all.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Is Jim sleeping that way now, or is he standing next to you?

Fred Haise (LMP)

He's standing next to me.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

About time for him to go to bed.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. The voltage upstairs is 34.3 and the charger is reading 2.5 amps.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay 34.3 and 2.5. And … says … —

Fred Haise (LMP)

— pretty cold. Good.

Fred Haise (LMP)

They came—both came down here rubbing their hands, shivering. It's pretty cool upstairs.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Are you keeping warm in the LM?

Fred Haise (LMP)

Yes. It's pretty reasonable down here.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. And right now, it looks like … right now, it looks like the command module isn't venting, Jack, so I'm going to try to take a look at the optics.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay. You say it is not venting?

Fred Haise (LMP)

Yes. That's the word. We've just looked through the AOT and you can't see anything back there.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay. And everything's fine in El Lago.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Aquarius, we're ready to secure the high bit rate.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Houston, Aquarius; how do you read?

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

I'm hearing you with a lot of background noise, Fred-o.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. How now? I just switched OMNIs again.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Aquarius, could you get a—amps and volts readout from Odyssey, please?

Fred Haise (LMP)

The CMP is dotting across there. You'd be amazed at how proficient you get at transfering to the tunnel after the first 1000 times.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

I didn't get your last there, Fred-o. We'd like you to verify that your POWER AMPLIFIER circuit breaker is open.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. That's verified. POWER AMPL breaker is open.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay, Jack; that's 34.6 volts and just a little bit under 2.5 amps.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Okay, Fred. I copied 2.5 amps. Say again the volts, please.

Fred Haise (LMP)

34.3 and that was just a little bit below 2.5.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

Fred-o, I didn't copy the last. Say again the voltage, please.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay, and the voltage is 34.6—34.6, amps, slightly less than 2.5.

Jack Lousma (CAPCOM)

34.6 and a little below 2.5. Thank you.

Fred Haise (LMP)

We're—the way we are torquing around to the side here, Jack—We are getting some intervals where I can't hardly get to it with either of the OMNIs.

CapCom

Go ahead, Hous- Aquarius.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. Jack reports from upstairs that he can see stars and constellations out of the optics but the Sun angle is such that it is reflecting off the LM—portion of the LM quad and other thruster … right now. … really moving around …

CapCom

Okay. The part I got was that he can see stars and constellations and there is some sunlight reflected off the quads. That's all I got.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Yes. The point being that, at least in the present orientation, you have to kind of wait until Sun isn't reflected off the LM to see them.

CapCom

Okay. What you're saying is you kind of have to wait until the—there is no Sun reflection on the LM to see the stars. Is that right?

Fred Haise (LMP)

Yes. That's for the present orientation, of course.

Fred Haise (LMP)

But later on, if you can stop it moving around and … …

CapCom

Okay, Fred-o. And we need a volts and amps reading.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. And bring it back upstairs.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. The volts, 35.0; amps, 2.4.

CapCom

Okay. 35.0 and 2.4. Thanks, Fred.

CapCom

The weather prediction for your landing area is still good; 2000 scattered, high scattered; 4-foot seas, 15-knots wind. There's a hurricane 500 miles to the west, which doesn't pose a problem.

Fred Haise (LMP)

A hurricane or a typhoon?

CapCom

Delay my last. It's degraded to a tropical storm.

CapCom

Aquarius, Houston. We need another readout amps and volts, and that will be our last one for a half hour. Over.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. The reading is 37.8 volts, 2.3 amps.

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CapCom

Say again, Fred.

Fred Haise (LMP)

37.8 volts, 2.3 amps.

CapCom

37.8 and 2.3. And that will be our last one for a half hour. Thank you. And I'm about to exercise my fifth general order here, and pass it along to Joe.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Yes. It must be getting around a mealtime.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Aquarius, Houston. Over.

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Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay. This is your friendly do-it-yourself-kit COMM with a suggested procedure in the lithium hydroxide situation. You're looking good. We read 1.8 millimeters, and you do have sufficient LM … to last you the rest of the flight. However, being on the conservative side, we would like to use one more set of command module canisters to guard against some possible problems with the LM, primary canister. And I have a simplified procedure for doing that, if you want to listen to it now. Over.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay. I think I read that you were ready. I forgot … earphones. This simply consists of getting a second pair of cartridges out of the command module, putting one band of sticky tape, that is the gray tape, with the sticky side out, around the sides of each new canister near the top, taking a piece of EVA cue card and cutting it into four squares about 2 or 3 inches on a side, bending those at a right angle to form corner support, attaching them to the sticky tape, so that they'll stick up and overlap the old canister, and then simply putting the old canister next to the new canister and taping it up real good so it sticks together. The only other procedure is to remove the towel plug from the old cartridges and put it in the bottom of the new cartridge. And that's it. Over.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. As I read you we get the gray tape and fold it so that we get—the back sticks around the outside of the canisters, then we mount to that four sides of our … cards like our EVA … cards; then we overlap those cards down around the base of the canister. Then we—then we … over the … at the top. … Then we take the towel from the old ones and put them in the bottom of the new ones. … …

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Okay, Fred. I think you got it. I didn't completely copy your readback, but it's just that simple. We're just putting the new cartridge—the top of the new cartridge against the bottom of the old one, moving that towel plug, using the cue cards as little corner stiffeners, and taping her up.

Fred Haise (LMP)

Okay. The top of the new against the bottom of the old.

Joe Kerwin (CAPCOM)

Roger that. That way you don't have to touch the hose.